"Maleficent" star Angelina Jolie draws comparisons between her teenage self and her dark Disney character, and her current self and "pure and sweet" co-star Elle Fanning, who she calls a "brilliant actress."
Jolie, 38, is known for her sexy, sultry and mysterious film roles and won an Oscar for playing a sociopath in the 1999 drama "Girl, Interrupted." She has also raised eyebrows over her personal life and public behavior -- she and then-husband Billy Bob Thornton used to wear lockets containing traces of each other's blood, she detailed in a 2003 ABC News interview her fascination with knives, and at the 2000 Academy Awards, where she won her Oscar, she and her brother were criticized over a mouth-to-mouth kiss.
The actress, partner of Brad Pitt, a mother of six, a UN global ambassador and humanitarian, plays the title villain in "Maleficent," a live-action spinoff of Disney's 1959 animated movie "Sleeping Beauty," this time focusing on how the horned -- and winged -- baddie became evil. Elle Fanning, 16, plays Princess Aurora, who Maleficent curses with a sleeping spell.
"Now, Elle and I are very similar, I think, as women," Jolie told OTRC.com. "I'd like to think I'm like her a bit, she's a lovely person. When I was her age, I might've been very, very different from her and I think what's interesting is that there's a darkness to Maleficent, there was a darkness to me at that age and Elle is so full of light. She's so full of love."
"And so, there's a lot of humor to be had and charm in the combination of these two because for as frightening as I can be, her kindness and sweetness and openness is frightening to me, and Maleficent, because it's so pure and sweet but it's unnerving," she said. "She's a brilliant actress and she's so deeply good in this movie, as a real serious performer. She's great in this film. But she also brings this magic to her portrayal because she is kinda sparkling. She has something magic about her."
Elle, 16, told OTRC.com that she was intimidated by Jolie -- at first.
"She's amazing," Elle said. "I remember meeting her and I was so nervous about that, like, to get to meet her for the first time, and then afterwards, like, we kinda met and then she kinda became a person, you know? Like the name kinda faded away and she became flesh ? and then people on-set are calling her 'Angie' ... I can't bring myself to do that. I call her 'Angelina.'"
Watch the interviews with Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning above. "Maleficent" hits theaters on Friday, May 30.
Reporting by George Pennacchio of KABC Television, which produces the entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).